by Staff Writers
Baghdad (AFP) June 23, 2011
Iraq's government said Thursday it was raising salaries at its southern oil terminals, following threats of a strike that would paralyse oil exports.
"The cabinet decided to grant a 30 percent increase in salaries of employees at the oil terminals in Basra and in Khor al-Aamaya" near the southernmost Faw peninsula, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.
He said the initiative was meant to demonstrate the government's keenness "to develop this sector and show its willingness to be fair to staff."
He said authorities wanted to "show their appreciation for the efforts of employees, and demonstrate they are aware of the hardships and difficult working conditions" related to the hot southern heat.
In late April, a large number of workers at the Southern Oil Company (SOC) staged a demonstration in Basra asking for more money."
In early May they had threatened to strike, and an oil ministry delegation sent to negotiate had promised to meet their demands.
Nearly 80 percent of Iraqi oil is exported through the southern ports.
In April, 49.7 million barrels were exported through the southern ports, at a value of $5.6 billion, according to oil ministry figures.
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
US Navy says no S.China Sea link to Vietnam visit
Hanoi (AFP) June 23, 2011
Vietnam and the United States are to hold joint naval activities next month but they were long-planned and are unconnected to regional tensions in the South China Sea, the US Navy said Thursday. The event in the central Vietnamese city of Danang next month will last about one week and is "not an exercise" because there is no combat training, said Lieutenant Commander Mike Morley, a navy spo ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|